Before the Flood
Doctor Who Season 9

95%

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Critic Ratings: 22
Critics Consensus

Doctor Who provides a satisfying conclusion to the previous installment's cliffhanger with "Before the Flood," a playful and exciting episode.

Episode Info

Conclusion. An alien warlord begins a twisted plan that will ensure his own survival and drastically impact the universe.

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Critic Reviews for Before the Flood

A two-parter where both episodes are equally good and even feel like they belong together.

Oct 12, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

It's a joy to watch, even when what just happened remains a bit of a head-scratcher, as it does in the very satisfying "Before the Flood."

Oct 12, 2015 | Full Review…
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It's not too often that we get to see the Doctor peer at himself from around the corner (mercifully - it would get tired quickly), which invoked the warm familiarity of the sci-fi of yesteryear.

Oct 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The fact that [Cass] is a character with a disability played by an actress with that same disability is so important.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The best episode of season 9 so far and one of the best of Capaldi's run.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

All in all, this was a creepy, scary two-parter that gained a lot of energy from the Doctor's palpable feeling of desperation.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

"Before the Flood" should be commended for being willing to toy with certain ideas, and for exposing a confounding truth involving its protagonists that might afford the season an interesting avenue to explore.

Oct 12, 2015 | Full Review…

The willingness of "Before the Flood" to play with the fourth wall and Peter Capaldi's performance in those scenes really brought the whole -- already good -- package together.

Oct 12, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

It feels like the show is setting up a more permanent end for Clara than previous companions-which probably should have me concerned-but for now I'm mostly just pleased that she took action in the Doctor's absence.

Oct 12, 2015 | Full Review…

All in all, tonight was a fun episode that gave us one of the more visually elaborate - and frightening - monsters in while: the Fisher King.

Oct 12, 2015 | Full Review…

Such a gimmick shouldn't work once, let alone twice, and yet here I found myself jumping around in my chair, punching the air with even more enthusiasm than last year.

Oct 12, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

That moment, as people say on the internet, when an episode of Doctor Who strays so far into the weird that it becomes a classic, somehow despite itself.

Oct 12, 2015 | Full Review…
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